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Campus leaders take on two new administrative roles

Earle Traynham headshotTwo familiar faces to the University of North Florida community were recently announced to be taking on a pair of vital, campus leadership positions.


Dr. Earle Traynham, a Coggin College of Business dean emeritus and professor of economics emeritus who was brought on as interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs in 2013, was selected to continue as provost on a permanent capacity. Traynham has been a guiding force on campus since 1973, UNF’s second year in operation.


Dr. Daniel Moon, former chair of the Department of Biology, was promoted to associate vice president and dean of Undergraduate Studies. Moon has been a UNF faculty member since 2004. Both Traynham and Moon have already started in their new positions.


Traynham’s latest transition was quite minimal, he said. He didn’t even have to change offices, a common occurrence for him during his tenure at UNF. When he first started on campus, he shared his office space with two other professors, including a faculty member from outside his department. Despite the cramped quarters, Traynham said he found a place for himself among the idealistic, young faculty at the nascent campus.


His professional growth coincided with the University’s evolution into a top-tier, regional institution. He ascended the administrative ladder and became dean of the then unnamed College of Business in 1994. While he was at the helm, the College secured a number of major gifts, including one from Luther and Blanche Coggin that led to the naming of the Coggin College of Business. Traynham retired in 2008, but he returned in 2013.  


“I didn’t have any intent when I came back as an interim to apply for the permanent position,” he said. “I thought it would be good to help out and keep consistent the quality of the services provided by the provost. But I found the job to be more rewarding than I could’ve imagined. I was energized by seeing the entire scope of the University’s academics and learn more about the interesting activities of our faculty and students.”


Traynham said he is looking forward to digging even deeper into his permanent position and helping UNF continue to improve its student retention and six-year graduation rates.


“I’m optimistic for the future,” he said. “UNF continues to grow and expand, and the campus never ceases to be an exciting place for students and faculty to come. There’s also something interesting to learn about, which might be why I enjoy my job so much.”


Dan Moon headshotMoon is also learning more about the overall campus in his new position heading up undergraduate studies and faculty resources. He said he always tried to approach his previous position as chair of the Department of Biology in a strategic and programmatic way, promoting increased academic advising opportunities for biology students. He said he’s honored to have been chosen to apply that same approach to the overall undergraduate student experience at UNF.


“The work I was doing at a departmental level really meshed with the work I’ll be doing in my new role,” Moon said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to improve our graduation, retention and engagement while providing other opportunities that are fundamental to the success of our students.”


Moon indicated a few key projects to expect from Undergraduate Studies going forward, such as a renewed focus on the first-year Freshman Experience initiative, a revamp of the existing UNF Reads! program, increased academic support in the form of increased tutoring opportunities at the Academic Center for Excellence and the departmental level, supplemental instruction, and peer academic coaching.


“My job is to utilize any and all resources to ensure we give students the best academic experience possible at UNF,” Moon said. “We’ll be building on existing ideas, strengthening what we do well and introducing many new ideas along the way.” 

Around Campus

Physics research capabilities expand with new, high-tech machine


Students and faculty working with the helium liquifierSomething big has moved into the University of North Florida Physics Department on the first floor of the Science and Engineering Building.


Its appendages spew gas into a giant, inflatable membrane, causing an elevated level of excitement in Building 50. After all, the tentacles stretch into six of its labs. While it might sound like a sci-fi creature from a bad B movie, this mass of bulky parts is the long-anticipated helium liquefier, a piece of equipment that is already elevating UNF’s national reputation in the area of scientific research.


Dr. Tom Pekarek, a physics professor and director of the helium liquefier, said even before it was assembled, the liquefier played a role in UNF receiving two recent grants — a NASA research grant and National Science Foundation grant for more than $400,000 to purchase an X-Ray Single Crystal Diffractometer. Like the new liquefier, this piece of tech will be used by both physics and chemistry professors working together on cross-disciplinary research. 


The liquefier will greatly boost the physics and chemistry faculty’s ability to pursue certain research projects. Liquid helium enables faculty to reach critically low temperatures necessary for their research, but it’s expensive. Current costs fluctuate around $13 to $17 a liter. For years, UNF purchased liquid helium — which is about 460 degrees below zero — from out-of-town vendors. Transporting it can be tricky, and some of the product can get lost in travel. Having the ability to produce the liquid helium on campus instead of buying it affects what researchers can accomplish and helps the University’s bottom line. Even before factoring in new opportunities for grants, the liquefier is projected to pay for itself in about three and a half years with regular use.


The liquefier converts the common and much-more-affordable gas state of helium to a liquid. Even more impressive is that it recycles the end product after research is conducted, extracting out the pure helium gas and returning it to the liquefier. Dr. James Garner, chair of the Physics Department estimates that about 90 percent of the helium will be reused. At the end of the process, the final super-cold helium is stored in canisters that can be easily handled and taken to labs. He said the equipment will push the University’s research portfolio forward, allowing faculty to apply for higher-level grants and securing additional partnerships with top research universities.


“It adds tremendously to our educational and research mission,” Garner said. “The liquefier means more collaborations between departments, and our students will be in the labs often.” 


Pekarek, a Terry Presidential professor, said the new investment will be felt by physics and chemistry majors for years to come, and provides the capability for research that can lead to groundbreaking advances. Pekarek conducts research focused on magnetic semiconductors and nanoparticles, which is relevant to the development of memory chips, sensors and the fiber optics of telecommunications. Dr. Lev Gasparov, another fellow Terry Professor in physics, studies optical properties of novel materials in extreme conditions. Such conditions include low temperature, so liquefied helium plays an important role in his experiments. Dr. Gasparov’s research also has industrial application for sensors and detectors.


The liquefier provides more opportunities for students to get hands-on experience that is relevant in the real world. In the Chemistry Department, Dr. Christos Lampropoulos is currently investigating the manipulation of molecules to create hybrid materials. His research could lead to valuable discoveries that could be used in memory storage devices, quantum computing or even in the development of safe storage materials for gases like hydrogen used in hydrogen-fueled cars.


Other faculty, such as Dr. Daniel Santavicca in physics and Dr. Mike Lufaso in chemistry, also study areas relevant to everyday life. Santavicca focuses on superconductive materials used in electronic devices and microwave signals, while Lufaso’s research addresses the chemistry of solid-state materials and the influence of temperature, which could lead to improvements for next-generation devices.


“Exposing undergraduate students to these advanced experiments broadens their educational experience,” Lufaso said. “For some students, it provides a catalyst for them to pursue a scientific research career and develop into the next generation of scientists.”


The liquefier is fully installed and was used for the first time in July.

Around Campus

History students become pilgrims on Spain’s most famous path

The pilgrimage students stop to pose for a picture along the wayA 73-mile hike converts to a little more than 150,000 steps.


For the group of University of North Florida students who walked the famed El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path through Spain, each step carried with it a certain amount of reverence for those who’d come before. It was the walk of a lifetime, a truly transformational journey established centuries before yet brought to life for them by the work of a dedicated UNF faculty member.


The pilgrimage project was led by David Sheffler, an associate professor of medieval history, who spent about two years designing this cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Department of History and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare. The Camino, also known as the Way of St. James, is grounded in the belief that the remains of the apostle St. James were carried along this route to Galicia in northwestern Spain, where his body is supposed to be entombed.


Sheffler, who specializes in research pertaining to the Crusades, said the Camino is a touchstone of many of his courses, and he had been thinking about a study abroad to walk the route for nearly a decade.


“There’s nothing that can compare to truly being there and experiencing the path as these pilgrims have before them,” Sheffler said.


One of the many beautiful sights along the pilgrimage pathThe trip planning process involved a tremendous amount of planning and work to coordinate lodging and travel. Dr. Charles Clossman, chair of the department of history, credited Sheffler for his commitment to offering his students a truly immersive and unique learning experience on one of the most inspiring trails in the world.


“As soon as they step off that plane on that very first day, you can see students who are having their entire worldviews expanded,” Clossman said. “I support all of our faculty who want to take students to study abroad because it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to do something different and enrich their teaching. It helps our department by showcasing the work of our fantastic faculty and gives students an amazing glimpse at the world.”


Sheffler said the courses were funded by a $25,000 UNF Transformational Learning Opportunities grant and designed to immerse the 15-student cohort in unfamiliar cultures and languages as they travelled through five culturally distinct regions of Spain — Catalonia, the Basque Country, Castile, Aragon and Galicia. The trip started with a five-day stay at the University of Burgos, where students familiarized themselves with the pace of Spanish university life and gained more familiarity with Spanish culture.


That’s when the real work began. The final week of the trip involved retracing the steps of the pilgrims who came before, a 73-mile trek ending in Santiago. During their journey, they interacted with modern-day pilgrims from across the globe and confronted the same joys and hardships that faced medieval travelers.


Their trials, tribulations and triumphs are available online  in a dynamic blog that documents every step of their transformational journey. 

Around Campus

Lend-A-Wing Pantry offers safety net to students in need

Pantry workers stocking shelvesMaking ends meet can be difficult for young adults during their college years. It’s not unusual for students — particularly those living off campus — to choose not-so-healthy foods or skimp on meals to save money. For some, just getting a wholesome meal or buying essentials can be a source of anxiety. 


The Lend-A-Wing Pantry at the University of North Florida aims to ensure that no student ever goes hungry. Janice Anglin, a nutrition major and Pantry director, is reaching out to groups across campus to heighten awareness of the service and hopefully increase donations in the process.


 “We want to help students focus on being successful in school and not have to worry about food or basic everyday items,” she said.


Anglin also works with Ogier Gardens staff to get fresh vegetables for students and plans to post recipes regularly on the Pantry’s Facebook page. Lend-A-Wing, an initiative of Student Government, is located in Hicks Hall and open three days a week. Any student on campus who shows an Ospreys 1Card can receive up to five pounds of items per visit. The Pantry prides itself in being a student resource that is also staffed by students. Individuals and campus groups volunteer their time to sort and stock food and other hygiene and household items. Anglin said some items are harder to keep on the shelves than others.


“We always need peanut butter, breakfast cereal, canned fruit, black beans, rice and water,” she said.


Despite the fact that summer is much slower than other times of year, the Pantry still gave away more than 864 pounds of food in June.


“It’s always busy, and everything goes fast,” Anglin said.


Donations come from a variety of sources, including faculty and staff, and contributions are always welcome. To donate items or to coordinate a Lend-A-Wing Pantry donation drive in your office, e-mail


New sculptures breathe life into Library alcove

Mary Ratclifs Connection sculpture outside the LibraryThe University of North Florida campus keeps getting more colorful. Two vibrant and dynamic sculptures were installed recently on a second-floor alcove of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, offering students and faculty alike an artistically beautiful spot to take a break from their studies.


A joint project between the Library and the Art and Design Department, the installation of the sculptures was made possible thanks to a generous donation by Dr. Walter and Cynthia Graham. Dr. Graham initially donated funds to name the reading alcove in memory of his mother, Rachel J. Graham. The space, which is surrounded on three sides by huge windows, hasn’t had much luck supporting plant growth, leading Library Dean Dr. Elizabeth Curry and Graham to brainstorm the idea of installing art work in this peaceful outdoor space.


The Graham donation funded the materials for the two sculptures, as well as an award to the artist. Professor Jennifer Hager organized the project and involved her sculpture class in the project so they could get hands-on experience with the process by presenting their design concepts, budgets and scale models to a committee. Junior Mary Ratcliff wowed the committee with her designs, which featured unique, dynamic forms and a colorful palette. The winning designs, Connection n. and Connect v., came to life as two large-scale metal sculptures inspired by the complexities of the brain, focusing on the connections of neurons and neural networks.


Story submitted by UNF Library staff and edited by Marketing and Publications.


Swoop Summary

ozzie hyping up the crowd


Welcome to the Swoop Summary. Every issue of Inside, we'll be bringing you a recap of all the UNF Athletics accomplishments you need to know from the past month. These are just a few highlights of the past month in UNF Athletics. For a full breakdown, head to UNF Athletics for all the latest Osprey news, stats and info.


Ospreys rank among national leaders for men's basketball attendance increase -With an increase of more than 1,000 fans per home game from a year ago, UNF's men's basketball team ranked among the NCAA Division I national leaders in attendance growths for the 2014-15 season.


The Ospreys, who won a program best 23 games and earned UNF's first Atlantic Sun Conference title, as well as a bid to the NCAA Tournament, boasted an average home attendance this season of 2,725. The season mark was an increase of 1,117 over the average attendance in 2013-14 and ranked as the 22nd largest increase in the country.


"Our success at the turnstile was completely a reflection of our successful play on the court," said UNF head coach Matthew Driscoll. "Our home crowds became a huge factor for our program and helped lead us to our first ever A-Sun regular season and tournament titles. To be ranked 22nd in attendance growth among all Division I programs is a tribute to the passion and commitment of our fans. I truly believe with our standards in place both on the floor and with our fan base, that we are on the brink of taking this program to another level in attendance."


Read on for more about UNF's huge attendance increase.


UNF Athletic Department announces All-Sports Season Ticket Package - For the first time ever, the UNF Athletic Department is offering an All-Sports Season Ticket Package that includes access to more than 80 home events throughout 2015-2016. Individual season tickets for all fall sports (men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball) and women's basketball also are on sale now! The all-in-one price of $249 includes a reserved, lower bowl seat to all home men's basketball games, along with general admission access to women's soccer, men's soccer, volleyball, women's basketball, baseball and track and field home events. Fans who take advantage of the All-Sports Season Ticket receive a men's basketball reserved ticket and access to an additional 65 home events at a 33 percent discount. All-Sports Season Ticket holders will also have first chance to purchase tickets for any postseason contests before tickets go on sale to the general public. Current men's basketball season ticket holders have the opportunity to upgrade to the All-Sports Season Ticket Package.


Get more info about picking up your own All-Sports Season Ticket Package.


Cohen leads Team Florida at USTA Girls' 18 National Championships - UNF women's tennis head coach Audra Cohen guided the Florida Juniors Team at the USTA Girls' 18 National Team Championship in July in Claremont, Calif.


"Coaching Team Florida is very special to me," said Cohen. "I played on this team four years in a row as a top-ranked Florida Junior and it was my absolute favorite event. It is a great opportunity for the nation's top Junior players to experience the intensity and energy of the team collegiate format before they begin their careers as college tennis players."


Read more about how Cohen came to coach the Juniors team.


Osprey Profile: Kalie (Bree) Fagins

Bree Fagins headshotWhere are you from? Winter Haven, Fla.


What is your major? Psychology with a minor in American sign language


When will you graduate? Spring 2016


Are you in the Honors Program? If so, elaborate a bit on your Honors experience here at UNF. The Honors Program has allowed me to meet a lot of inspirational and diverse people, and has kept me motivated to do well in all my classes. I love all of my Honors classes because they require out-of-the-box thinking that has proven helpful in every aspect of my life.


What attracted you to UNF? I fell in love with the beautiful campus and the smaller student body. Coming from a collegiate high school with a student body of 270, UNF felt like home.


How/Why did you decide to attend the University? I only applied to three universities in Florida; UCF, UNF and Palm Beach Atlantic. I decided to pick the university that felt more like home — that was UNF!


What do you do for fun on campus? I love to have lunch at the Boathouse. I am very involved with my sorority, Kappa Delta, and Presidential Envoys.


What’s your favorite UNF tradition? Date night with Tommy G.


What is the best thing about UNF’s faculty and staff? For the most part, the faculty and staff at UNF are always striving to help the students do the best and be the best.


Do you have a favorite professor(s)? What makes them so great? My favorite Professor is Dr. Leslie Kaplan. She is always willing to help students, and she is extremely easy to talk to. I was lucky enough to be able to use her life story for a psychology project, during which I was able to see what an incredible woman she is. I love the way she uses hands-on experiences and cultural diversity projects to open the minds of her students. I admire her zeal and way of thinking. She is just awesome!


What has been your favorite class? Why do you like it so much? Literature in the Kitchen with Dr. Kaplan. I liked that the class made me really think, challenged me, had hands-on learning opportunities, and that I still incorporate what I learned from the class in my everyday life.


Is there anything you’ve learned about UNF during your time on campus that you think incoming freshmen should know? The geese aren’t that bad. But on a serious note, get involved as early as you can. The size of UNF is an asset because any little thing you do on this campus can and will make a difference.


What do you think of the campus’ natural environment? I love it! I think that it is awesome that we have nature trails and the eco center that every UNF student has access to.


What's been your biggest challenge so far as a UNF student? Balancing everything I was involved in while getting good grades. Also, figuring out what I wanted to do after college.


When you look back at your UNF experience years down the road, what do you think you’ll most remember? I will remember my experiences with the Honors Program and how they opened my mind and made me think differently, my journey on the UNF campus as a Kappa Delta and how it has helped shape me into the woman I am today, my time being a Presidential Envoy, and all the people I was able to meet. I will remember how thankful I was to be able to be an Osprey.


What do you like most about Jacksonville? Any favorite places around town? I love the local restaurants in Jacksonville! I am a huge foodie. Some of my favorite places are the Maple Street Biscuit Company, Delicomb and Kickbacks. I also really enjoy the monthly Art Walk in downtown Jacksonville every month.


What are your plans for the future? I plan on going to graduate school for occupational therapy and eventually getting my doctorate.


What is your favorite item at the Boathouse? Chicken fingers and fries basket!


How do you take your Starbucks? Green tea lemonade with sweetener, double chocolate chip Frappuccino, and on hot days, a spiced apple chai!


What is your favorite thing to do on the Green? When the weather is nice, I just sit and read on the Green. It’s so pretty.


All your studying is done. Your homework assignments are turned in and you have an hour free. What do you do? I would either read a book, watch an episode of a series I was watching on Netflix or hang out with friends.


What are your tips for finding time to study? Planning your week and making time for studying ahead of time. Set a specific time each day for studying that doesn’t involve friends or social media. It can be hard to distance yourself from all the excitement for a little while, but it is worth it in the end.


Do you have any tips you want to share for working with professors outside of class? Don’t be afraid to approach your professors during their office hours! It can be really intimidating, but once you establish a relationship, it makes working with them outside of class easier. 

Get to Know

Probyn E. Inniss, Jr.

Probyn Innis headshotDepartment: University Development and Alumni Engagement 


Job title: Assistant Director, Foundation Scholarships 


What do you do? I work to identify students who would be a good fit for scholarships based on the criteria established by our donors. Once a student has been selected and agrees to the renewal terms of the scholarship agreement, it is my responsibility to equip the student with all the tools he or she may need to be successful. In order to accomplish this goal, my office works closely with the Academic Center for Excellence, Financial Aid, Foundation Accounting, the Cashiers office, Housing and Residence Life and many other offices to ensure students have the resources they need to be successful. 


Years at UNF: Eight 


Tell us about your family. I was born and raised on St. Christopher and Nevis (a.k.a. Sugar City), a two island country in the West Indies. My parents are Sir Probyn Inniss and Lady Rosamund Inniss, and I have two older sisters. Growing up on an island that is only 69 square miles and where your father was the governor was a blessing. However, it also presented its own challenges. That was the main reason I moved from my homeland to Florida (this island guy cannot handle snow). While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I met the love of my life. Shortly thereafter, we got married and moved to Jacksonville. The rest, as they say, is history. 


If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why? I would be chef and owner of a West Indies restaurant and bakery. I am big on community service and volunteering. To me, the whole idea of having the restaurant would be to serve up "community." I would want everyone who came into the diner to feel connected in some way or another. 


What would you like to do when you retire? When I retire, I plan to volunteer with elementary or middle-school aged kids. 


What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? I absolutely enjoy working with our students and donors. 


What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life? Prince 


Who is your favorite fictional character? What makes them your favorite? James Bond. His films have all of the elements I enjoy — expensive cars, high-tech weaponry and gadgets. 


If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? I would invest a third of the earnings in cancer research because it is something that has personally affected my family. I would put the second third into the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) scholarship. The final third would be used to establish a scholarship in honor of my parents. 


If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I would still be working in a field where I could help transform the lives of young people. 


Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? My favorite UNF-related memory was participating in a Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO). The class of diverse, first-year scholarship students was asked to step outside their comfort zone, embrace different cultures, foods, and a different way of life. It was amazing to see the transformation (pardon the pun) at the end of spring semester. 


What is your favorite way to blow an hour? Jogging 


If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? I would draw a picture of the perfect sunset with me and my family relaxing in hammocks under shady palm trees, contently enjoying each other’s company. 


What was the best money you ever spent? That would be three years ago, when my family and I went back to St. Kitts to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. 


Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without? My Fitbit Flex. 


What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? As cheesy and cliché as it may sound, the birth of my two baby boys were the proudest moments of my life. 


Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: I grew up on an island, and I can’t swim. Crazy, I know. 


What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended? The first concert I ever attended was a British reggae band called “Musical Youth.” The most recent concert was Robin Thicke. 


What are you most passionate about? Redemption. I believe everyone deserves a second chance. 


Who is the most famous person you ever met? Oprah 


What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? I would like to pursue a law degree. 


Last book read: ”No Future Without Forgiveness” by Desmond Tutu

Faculty and Staff

UNF regaliaBrooks College of Health


Nursing: Dr. Cynthia L. Cummings presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International conference in Puerto Rico on “Improving student confidence levels and active learning through repeated simulation activities." 


Public Health: Dr. Michele J. Moore presented “Voter support for school-based sexual health services” at the 37th annual Guelph Sexuality Conference in Ontario, Canada in June.


Dr. Tess Tuason had four publications features: “The Creative Process Across Cultures” in Cognitive Processing; “Depressive Symptomatology, Measured by Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) is Increased in Filipino-American Women (FAW) With Metabolic Syndrome” in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing; “Definition for Metabolic Syndrome: Which of These Criteria Best Captures the Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome Among Filipino Women?” in Global Heart; and What Impacts the Psychological Health of Filipino American Women?” in the Asian American Journal of Psychology. She also had a poster presentation, “Using PhotoVoice with LGBT Elders: A Critique of Process and Lessons Learned," at the 2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Atlanta, Ga. 


Coggin College of Business


Economics and Geography: Dr. Wayne Coleman’s novel, “The Ho Bo Woods,” was written under the pen name Coleman Mitchell. The book is for sale on Amazon


Marketing: Dr. Gregory T. Gundlach was a session chair and presenter at the 2015 Marketing and Public Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. in June.



College of Computing, Engineering and Construction


Computing: Dr. Kenneth Martin received a special letter of recognition from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. for his significant contributions over the years to the organization.


Dr. Charles Winton attended the Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) in Albuquerque, N.M. in July as a member of the Board of Directors of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR). He served as a judge for the KIPR Open Autonomous Robotics Tournament and the Botball International Tournament. 



College of Education and Human Services


Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management:  Dr. Rebecca A. Schumacher was honored at the 46th EVE Award luncheon in June at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Jacksonville. She was selected as one of four finalists in the Education category for her accomplishments in promoting college and career opportunities for low-income urban students in the Jacksonville community. Additionally, Dr. Schumacher presented in June at the 2015 Florida Association of School Administrators Summer Conference held at the Coronada Springs Resort in Orlando. Later that month at the American School Counselor Association’s National Delegate Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. Schumacher presented to the Delegate Assembly and Board of Directors on the status of Florida’s work and progress of the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative.


Dr. Terence Cavanaugh presented at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Philadelphia, Penn. He presented “My School is in My Hoodie: The Potential of Ubiquitous Technology.”



Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Christine Weber recently published "Professional Development for Implementing Differentiation in U.S. Independent Schools" in the Journal for the Advancement of the Gifted.


UNF-branded balloonsMilestone anniversaries

Congratulations to the following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in August:


35 years

Raymond Drayton, Assistant Landscaping Grounds Support, Physical Facilities


30 years

Signe Evans, Library Services Specialist, Library 

Patricia Holley, Training Specialist, Training and Services Institute

Paul Mason, Professor, Coggin College of Business


25 years

Jeffrey Michelman, Professor/Associate Dean, Honors


20 years

Lawrence Mao, Instructional Lab Specialist, Physics 

David Schwam-Baird, Associate Professor, Political Science and Public Administration


15 years

Andrew Beall, Senior Lecturer, Biology 

Berrin Beasley, Associate Professor, Communication 

Gordon Brock, Professor, Music 

Terrence Cavanaugh, Associate Professor, Leadership School Counseling and Sport Management 

Sherif Elfayoumy, Professor/Interim Director, Computing 

Michael Hallett, Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Jennifer Kane, Interim Associate Dean, Leadership School Counseling and Sport Management 

William Klostermeyer, Associate Dean, Computing 

Ronald Libby, Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

Krista Paulsen, Chair/Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Luminita Razaila, Senior Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics

Phillip Riner, Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education

Christine Weber, Associate Professor, Childhood Education Literacy and TESOL


10 years

Blake Coglianese, Associate Professor, Art and Design 

Vanessa Cruz, Associate Professor, Art and Design 

Reham Eltantawy, Chair/Professor, Marketing and Logistics 

Daniel Gottlieb, Professor, Music 

Sami Hamid, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics 

Mitchell Haney, Chair/Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies 

Charles Hubbuch, Assistant Director, Physical Facilities 

Shannon Italia, Director, Coggin College of Business Career Management Center

Shane Leverette, Associate Professor, English 

Marsha Lupi, Interim Dean/Associate Professor Education and Human Services 

Natalie Mack, Document Scanning Associate, Registrar's Office 

Jamie Moon, Senior Lecturer, Biology 

Tiffiny Poole, Senior Payroll Representative, Controller 

Paul Schreier, Assistant Director of Academic Services, Coggin College of Business 

Randall Tinnin, Chair/Professor, Music


Five years

Julie Avery, Assistant Professor, Biology 

Brian Becker, Coordinator, Human Resources 

James Brasseal, Strength Conditioning Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics 

Corey Causey, Assistant Professor, Chemistry 

Ching-Hua Chuan, Assistant Professor, Computing 

Georgette Dumont, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

William Dunn, Landscape Grounds Supervisor, Physical Facilities 

Terri Ellis, Assistant Professor, Biology 

Erinn Gilson, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Cheryl Gonzalez, Director, Equal Opportunity and Diversity 

Tammie Johnson, Assistant Professor, Public Health 

Leslie Kaplan, Associate Director, Honors 

Amy Lane, Assistant Professor, Chemistry 

Justin Loveland, Assistant Baseball Coach, Baseball 

Clayton McCarl, Assistant Professor, Languages Literatures and Cultures 

Tia Rivera, Instructional Specialist, Student Affairs

Dawn Russell, Assistant Professor, Marketing and Logistics 

Sarita Sunuwar, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

Christopher Trice, Assistant Professor, Art and Design 

Kara Tucker, Admissions Coordinator, Enrollment Services 

David Waddell, Assistant Professor, Biology

Brian Zoellner, Assistant Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education



The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:


Corinthian Brown, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling 

Alexander Clayton, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Herbert Duggins, Technical Support Specialist, Distance Learning Fee 

Jonathan Lee, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services 

Cody Lewin, Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life Programming 

Anna Matha Petit-Bois, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services

Emily Putnam, Outreach Coordinator, Education and Human Services

Carley Robinson, Accounting Associate, Advancement Services 

Nicole Steinberger, Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life Programming 

Katherine Thompson, Assistant Director of Web Services, Public Relations 

Michael Walton, Database Administrator, Florida Institute of Education 

Christopher Warren, Administrative Services Coordinator, Governmental Relations

Matthew Welsh, Research Program Services Coordinator, Biology


Great job

The following employees were promoted recently:


Theresa Buchs, Coordinator, Military and Veterans Resource Center 

Sherif Elfayoumy, Professor/Interim Director, Computing

Reham Eltantawy, Chair/Professor, Marketing and Logistics

Alice Eng, Associate University Librarian, Library

Leigh-Ann Fairweather, Grants Administration Coordinator, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Andres Gallo, Professor, Economics

Shannon Italia, Director, Coggin College of Business Career Management Center 

Maged Malek, Chair/Professor, Construction Management 

Daniel Moon, Associate Vice President and Dean, Undergraduate Studies 

Steven Morrison, Applications Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems 

Cliff Ross, Chair/Professor, Biology 

Zacahry Schaad, Parking Appeals Associate, Parking and Transportation Services 

Margaret Szerba, Assistant Director, SG Business and Accounting Office 

Earle Traynham, Provost, Academic Affairs

Stephanie Weiss, Associate University Librarian, Library



Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees, who left UNF recently:


Thu-An Banh, Library Services Specialist, Library 

Armisha Bartley, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services

Lara Branaman, Coordinator, Admissions 

Jessica Caywood, Coordinator, Admissions

James Clampett, Senior Internal Auditor, Florida Institute of Education 

Robert Coates, Groundskeeper, Grounds 

Mary Gates, Office Manager, Counseling Center 

Francis Godwyll, Associate Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management 

Jahkahli Johnson, Residence Life Coordinator, University Housing 

Michael Litchfield, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Student Services

Leslie Rosenberg, Nurse Practitioner, Counseling Center 

Jasmine Stamenic, Event Planning Coordinator, OneJax

Dianne Taylor, Student Affairs Coordinator, Taylor Leadership Institute

James Tynan, Coordinator, Admissions 

The Goods

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nut closeupBrazil nuts pack a ton of nutritious goodness into an unusual shape. As part of the “tree” nut family, they’re harvested from trees that grow not only in Brazil, but also in many other parts of the Amazon, such as Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador. Among the largest nut varieties, they have an oblong shape with a firm yet chewy texture and are usually eaten raw or blanched. Claudia Sealey-Potts, assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses some common myths about Brazil nuts and how they can add nutritional benefits to any diet. A recipe is included.


Myth: Brazil nuts are, indeed, nuts.


Fact: Brazil nuts are actually seeds or kernels harvested from a coconut-like capsule or pod that can weigh 2 to 4 1/2 pounds. When ripe, the pod falls from the tree to the ground where it splits apart, exposing the seeds.


Myth: Brazil nuts contain no nutritional benefits.


Fact: A single Brazil kernel contains more than 137 percent of the daily value of selenium, which is an important mineral responsible for thyroid health, DNA synthesis, reproduction and antioxidant protection from oxidation and infections. Too much selenium can be harmful, so consume in moderate amounts.


Myth: Besides being high in selenium, Brazil nuts have no other nutritional value.


Fact: Brazil nuts are a powerhouse of nutrients — vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals can be found within these kernels. Specifically, these nuts are an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, thiamin, potassium and zinc. They are very high in fiber and contain riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, folate, manganese, vitamin E, iron and calcium.


Myth: Brazil nuts can only be eaten raw and whole.


Fact: Brazil nuts can be incorporated into the diet in many different ways, including homemade nut milk and nut butters added to dishes for a creamy texture. Because of its similar taste and texture, Brazil nuts can replace coconut and macadamia nuts in most recipes, and they can be roasted and eaten whole as a snack. When chopped, sliced or ground, they can be used as toppings on oatmeal, salads and granolas, or added to baked goods, such as fruitcakes and cookies.


Myth: Due to high-fat content, Brazil nuts have little impact on childhood obesity.


Fact: A recently published study1 showed that obese adolescents who consumed 15 to 25 grams of Brazil nuts daily for 16 weeks had improved lipid profile and microvascular function, possibly due to the high levels of unsaturated fatty acids and other bioactive substances in the nuts. Brazil nut intake also reduced triglycerides and LDL oxidation.


Myth: The best way to store Brazil nuts is in the pantry.


Fact: Unshelled Brazil nuts keep well in cool, dry places for a few months. However, shelled kernels should be stored in airtight containers and refrigerated, which will help prevent rancidity.


Myth: There are no health risks associated with consuming Brazil nuts.


Fact: Persons with known allergic reactions to any type of nuts should be extremely cautious. A Brazil nut allergy may occur in sensitive individuals or from cross-reactions to other nuts and fruits, such as mangos, cashew nuts and pistachios. In addition, excessive consumption of Brazil nuts can lead to selenium toxicity, resulting in potentially negative side effects.


The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs monthly in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have questions about Brazil nuts? Contact Claudia Sealey-Potts at .





Garlic and Herb Brazil Nut “Cheese”


Servings: Six

Serving size: ¼ cup




1 ⅓ cups raw Brazil nuts

¼ cup lemon juice

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 cloves garlic, peeled

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

½ teaspoon ground black pepper



In a bowl, place nuts and cover with water. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.


Preheat oven to 300 F and coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Drain water from nuts.


In a food processor, combine drained nuts with lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic cloves, salt and 1/4 cup water. Blend 8 minutes, until smooth and creamy.


Line a 1-quart bowl with a clean kitchen towel; spoon mixture into the center. Bring the towel’s corners and sides together. Twist around mixture, forming a large, grapefruit-size ball. Squeeze to extract excess liquid.


In a bowl, combine parsley, rosemary, thyme and pepper. Carefully unwrap cheese ball and coat with herbs. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, or until ball begins to crack. Transfer to serving platter and drizzle with remaining oil.


Serve warm or at room temperature with crackers and fresh vegetables.


Nutritional information per serving: 253 calories; 4 g protein; 26 g fat (5 g saturated); 5 g carbohydrates; 390 mg sodium; 2 g fiber; 1 g sugar.



1  Maranhão, P. A., Kraemer-Aguiar, L. G., de Oliveira, C. L., Kuschnir, M. C., Vieira, Y. R., Souza, M. G., Koury, J. C., & Bouskela, E. (2011). Brazil nuts intake improves lipid profile, oxidative stress and microvascular function in obese adolescents: a randomized controlled trial. Nutr Metab (Lond), 8(1), 32.

2   Vegetarian Times at

Bright Birds Know

UNF is a regional leader when it comes to "green" building and sustainability. The University has more Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)- certified buildings than any other institution, organization or business in Northeast Florida. There are 9 LEED-certified buildings on campus, and it's expected that the number will rise to 10 when the Field House finishes construction. LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council and analyzes a structure's impact on the environment.


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